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December 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Dec. 18, 2012

County Farm Bureaus share scholarship opportunities, highlight local leaders who have played a big role in shaping Ohio Farm Bureau’s actions in 2013, host cooking competitions and more in this month’s County Farm Bureau Round-up.

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OFBF President Steve Hirsch serves on the AFBF Resolution Committee, where grassroots policy development continues.

Farm Bureau grassroots effort continues at AFBF Resolutions Committee

Published Dec. 18, 2012

Farm Bureau’s grassroots process of policy development continued at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Resolutions Committee the week of Dec. 10.

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Local communities spoke up to let Extension administration know that they value 4-H Youth Development programs.

Communities finding ways to save local Extension programs

Published Dec. 18, 2012

As local governments look at budgets for the next year, several county Extension programs are facing complete cuts in funding. But communities that have faced similar fates overcame the challenges to maintain their Extension programs through a local tax levy.

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Grandin to headline Animals for Life Foundation summit

Published Dec. 11, 2012

World renowned animal handling pioneer and subject of an HBO movie about her life, Dr. Temple Grandin, will headline the first ever Animals for Life Summit in Columbus, March 20, 2013.

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Farm Bureau members discuss how Community Councils could impact local issues.

New focus for advisory councils

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Advisory councils are now called community councils. New council format to begin in January.

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Steve Hirsch

Farm Bureau’s potential

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Excerpt from OFBF President Steve Hirsch's remarks at the 94th annual meeting.

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Jack Fisher

Working together works

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Remarks from OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher at the 94th annual meeting

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Bill Lowe

Farm Bureau volunteers help grow their organization

Published Dec. 11, 2012

Bill Lowe wins Murray Lincoln Award; 39 members earn Ambassador Award

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Donald Schreiber

94th annual meeting recap: the speakers

Published Dec. 11, 2012

See what annual meeting speakers had to say on the topics of ag education, estate planning, water quality, community development and taxes.

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Members checking on their bids at the live auction held during annual meeting.

Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction sets new record

Published Dec. 5, 2012

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. teamed up for the Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction in November, and bidders set a new record, raising $13,775 to support grants, public outreach and scholarship programs.

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Updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting

Published Nov. 26, 2012

Follow the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting, Nov. 28-30, 2012.

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‘Agriculture is Cool’ scholarship and grant winners receive awards

Published Nov. 20, 2012

The Ohio Expositions Commission presented four fifth-grade students from across the state with a $500 check and two teachers with $2,500 classroom grants from Ohio’s agricultural commodity groups as winners of the “Agriculture is Cool” scholarship and grant competitions.

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Farm organizations say nutrient management a priority

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Twenty agricultural groups are distributing this letter in an unprecedented campaign that encourages farmers to be proactive in the effort to improve water quality

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Carroll County Farm Bureau’s program recycles farm plastics

Published Nov. 20, 2012

A recycling program started by the Carroll County Farm Bureau is turning farm plastic into sidewalks and keeping tons of plastic out of landfills.

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Cassell Family

Six questions with Cindy Cassell, Clermont County Farm Bureau

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Cindy Cassell shares how she got involved in her county membership campaign, opportunities for engaging new Farm Bureau members, and what approaches to selling membership she finds most effective.

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AFBF shared this image on Facebook as part of the effort to raise awareness about the estate tax.

Farm Bureau members take action on estate tax

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation members are joining farmers nationwide to ask Congress to extend the current estate tax exemption and rate, which are set to expire Jan. 1.

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Al DiVencenzo

Farm Bureau members take action against turnpike privatization

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Farm Bureau members who live near the turnpike have been busy attending local meetings, building coalitions and advocating against the possibility of privatizing it.

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OFBF shares ideas with Nationwide at National Policyholder Conference

Published Nov. 20, 2012

As a sponsor of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Ohio Farm Bureau continues to endorse its policies and services and recommend that members work with Nationwide to serve their insurance needs.

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Farm Bureau members to fill two open seats on state board

Published Nov. 20, 2012

Farmers will elect the leaders of their organization during Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. This year, there are two contested races that will be decided by delegates from those regions.

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County Farm Bureaus support 4-H, FFA programs

Published Nov. 20, 2012

While not every county could put a dollar value on their activities, we tallied at least $200,000 that county Farm Bureaus were contributing locally.

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Stevens Bakery and Orchard was featured on 'Our Ohio' TV.

'Our Ohio' back for Season 8

Published Nov. 20, 2012

The Our Ohio television series returns for an eighth season with ongoing production of new episodes every month through fall 2013.

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Five reminders about Line Fence Law

Published Nov. 19, 2012

In 2008, Ohio Line Fence Law was updated to make it more easily understood, but from time to time issues and questions arise. Some county Farm Bureau offices have recently received calls with questions, and in an attempt answer some of those questions and concerns, here is a list of five important reminders.

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2012 CCA Winner Mike Dailey with the current and past CCA Board Chairman.

Award to recognize outstanding Certified Crop Advisers

Published Nov. 19, 2012

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award.

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At annual meeting, members to share ideas, set policy

Published Nov. 19, 2012

During Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Nov. 28-30, more than 300 member delegates from around the state will discuss and debate county proposed changes to Farm Bureau policy. Once approved, these ideas will guide the organization on a number of issues in the coming year.

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November 2012 County Farm Bureau Round-up

Published Nov. 16, 2012

Winter weather is on the way. But that doesn’t freeze up the events, activities and opportunities for Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus. Here’s this month’s update.

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The Wolfinger Family (Watch video at end of story)

Ohio Farm Bureau member selected as ‘Faces of Farming and Ranching’ finalist

Published Nov. 15, 2012

Janice Wolfinger of Morristown is one of nine finalists selected in U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) “Faces of Farming and Ranching” national spokesperson search.

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Farm Bureau seeks to help every farmer meet new watershed rules

Published Nov. 15, 2012

Farm Bureau believes that to be economically viable agriculture must be environmentally responsible. That was the theme of two joint letters sent by Ohio Farm Bureau and the Auglaize and Mercer county Farm Bureaus to farmers in the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

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2013 NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Proposals

Published Nov. 14, 2012

Farmers and ranchers in the North Central Region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. The 2013 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Proposals are due Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the NCR-SARE office in Saint Paul, MN.

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Leah Curtis, OFBF director of legal education.

Thinking Critically about CAUV

Published Nov. 13, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of Legal Education, Leah Curtis discusses Current Agricultural Use Values, concerns about it, factors in the calculation and asks Farm Bureau members to think critically about the CAUV program.

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Foundation auction now open

Published Nov. 8, 2012

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, the Animals for Life Foundation and the Ohio Center on Agricultural Law, Inc. are pleased to announce the opening of the Eighth Annual Rural - Urban Community Auction. The online event will be held Nov. 5-27.

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‘Town Hall Ohio’ provides election information

Published Oct. 23, 2012

The 2012 general election is quickly approaching, with many still searching for information to assist them in making their voting decisions. 'Town Hall Ohio', Ohio Farm Bureau’s weekly radio show, has had several election related shows this fall, full of great information to think about before Election Day including discussion of voting in Ohio, discussion with Ohio's U.S. Senate candidates Brown and Mandel and a debate on Issue 2.

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Ann Frederick wrote a guest column for her fellow horse owners as part of Hamilton County's award winning program.

Two County Farm Bureaus recognized for excellent programs

Published Oct. 22, 2012

Hamilton and Wayne County Farm Bureaus are two of the 25 county Farm Bureaus nationwide recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) for innovative program ideas in this year’s County Activities of Excellence (CAE) Awards program.

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A community leadership conference is one of many Farm Bureau activities held throughout the state in the coming month.

County Farm Bureau Round-up October 2012

Published Oct. 17, 2012

As the weather turns cool and harvest wraps up, Ohio’s county Farm Bureaus continue to offer opportunities for members and nonmembers alike to gather, learn from one another and gain valuable insight to help themselves and their communities.

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USDA to interview Ohio soybean, wheat growers for survey

Published Oct. 17, 2012

United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced at the beginning of October that it will be collecting chemical usage data from soybean and wheat growers in 26 states, including Ohio.

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Farmers say ‘no’ to Clean Water Act expansion

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is helping hundreds of Ohio farmers express their concerns to the U.S. EPA on a guidance document that would expand the agency’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act.

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Mark Partridge

Reducing the risk of the natural resource curse

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Dr. Mark Partridge, the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at Ohio State University, recently visited with Ohio Farm Bureau’s state policy development committee to discuss the oil and gas industry and how to avoid what he described as a natural resources curse.

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Marketing legislation creates opportunities

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Gov. John Kasich recently signed Senate Bill 309 into law, establishing a framework for voluntary marketing agreements that set production standards for certain agricultural products.

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Deadline approaching for registration of wild, dangerous animals

Published Oct. 9, 2012

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is reminding owners of dangerous wild animal that a new state law passed in June requires the registration of their animals before Nov. 5.

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At OFBF's leadership conference, farmers participated in the EASE program before having breakfast with nonfarmers.

Learn how to lead the discussion on agriculture

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Center for Food and Animal Issues is working with county Farm Bureaus to provide workshops that will help farmers respond to consumer questions about agriculture.

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Nationwide News: Tractor Safety -- Stay on Top of It

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Farm tractors are a primary tool for most farms. But studies show tractors are also involved in a high proportion of farm injuries and fatalities. Most accidents can be prevented by following basic tractor safety guidelines.

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Bruce McPheron discusses his plans as he prepares to become the new leader for Ohio State's agricultural programs..

New Ohio State dean shares thoughts on research, Extension

Published Oct. 9, 2012

Bruce McPheron is the incoming dean of Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and vice president for agricultural administration. He recently visited Ohio Farm Bureau’s offices for a recording of 'Town Hall Ohio.'

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Land is cleared as part of a pipeline project in eastern Ohio.

Get answers about pipeline contracts

Published Oct. 9, 2012

The second phase of Ohio’s extensive natural gas and oil exploration is now underway. Landowners across the state are being asked to sign off on pipeline easements, which means a new round of contract negotiations.

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Students invited to learn more about political process through Capital Challenge

Published Oct. 3, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with 4-H and FFA on a program that will teach high school students how to take action in the government process.

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Gov. Kasich talking to one of the 200 FFA members that attended the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference.

OFBF teaches students about government at new FFA conference

Published Oct. 3, 2012

Ohio FFA Association held its new Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference (OLLC) Sept. 26, at which Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) staff taught 200 FFA members about government, advocating for agriculture in government, and helped them prepare to meet their legislators.

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2012 Conservation Farm Family award winners

Ohio farm families awarded for conservation efforts

Published Sep. 25, 2012

Five of Ohio's top conservation farm families for 2012 were recognized during a ceremony at Farm Science Review in London Sept. 20 for their long-standing dedication to natural resource conservation on their farms. The annual Conservation Farm Family Award is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Soil and Water Resources, Ohio Farmer magazine and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF).

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A few of the Young Agricultural Professionals at the Farm Bill Now rally during the annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Young Agricultural Professionals go to D.C., Farm Bill Now rally

Published Sep. 19, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) recently sent about 30 young people, staff and state board members to Washington, D.C. on the Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) annual trip where they participated in the Farm Bill Now rally and to learned about the United States political process.

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Drought impacts Ohio foodbanks

Published Sep. 13, 2012

At a time in Ohio when foodbanks desperately need more food to feed more people who are visiting more frequently, the drought is not only affecting agriculture production but also is causing extreme concern as to how they will feed people who come to them for help.

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State policy development committee members meet for the first time this week to learn about emerging issues.

State policy development committee continues grassroots process

Published Sep. 12, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) develops policy each year through a member-driven grassroots process that is well underway and continues this week with the first meeting of the state policy development committee.

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Enactment of HB 476 will ensure that farmers can invest in opportunities such as on-farm anaerobic digestion.

Pulling together

Published Sep. 11, 2012

As lawmakers return from summer recess, here we reflect on a few policy victories Farm Bureau members secured during the first part of the year.

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OFBF President Steve Hirsch joins Pat and Bobby Moser at a recent event that launched the Moser Scholars Program.

Supporters celebrate accomplishments of Bobby and Pat Moser

Published Sep. 11, 2012

During a gathering to recognize retiring Ohio State University Dean Bobby Moser and his wife Pat, Ohio’s food and farm community raised more than $900,000 to support students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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